Cannabis-related psychosis, addiction, ER visits: For young users, marijuana can be a dangerous game

“Marguerite,” a student in recovery for cannabis use disorder, conceals her identity with an umbrella while posing in a stairway outside the Penn State libraries on the University Park campus. She is getting support for recovery from her addiction through the Penn State Recovery Community. Not long ago when Joseph Garbely, chief medical officer for […]

CPA Response to Lt. Governor’s MJ Legalization Report

State College, PA (September 25, 2019) – The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA), a private non-profit whose mission is to support prevention professionals in eliminating substance abuse and risk-related behaviors, is against the legalization of recreational marijuana in PA. CPA’s founding principles are on prevention of substance misuse/abuse. It is clear that children and adolescents, those […]

Pennsylvania Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration for Seventh Time

“The disaster declaration and its provisions remain a strong force in battling the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Through the Opioid Command Center and its dedicated 17 state agencies collaborating on education, prevention, rescue and recovery, we have been able to make progress that resulted in a deduction in overdose deaths in 2018. […]

Association between medical cannabis laws and opioid overdose mortality has reversed over time

Medical cannabis has been touted as a solution to the US opioid overdose crisis since Bachhuber et al. [M. A. Bachhuber, B. Saloner, C. O. Cunningham, C. L. Barry, JAMA Intern. Med. 174, 1668–1673] found that from 1999 to 2010 states with medical cannabis laws experienced slower increases in opioid analgesic overdose mortality. That research […]